Mistakes of the Past and Glimpses of the New

Authored by: Nikolai Demidov , Andrei Malaev-Babel , Margarita Laskina , Andrei Malaev-Babel , Alexander Rojavin

Nikolai Demidov

Print publication date:  July  2016
Online publication date:  July  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138776494
eBook ISBN: 9781315621685
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The year was 1921. The course of “actor’s psychological technique” was huge: along with my assistant, I could hardly fit it into two years. We familiarized the students with all the “elements” that constituted, according to our deep conviction, an actor’s sound creative state. We trained in our students each of the elements separately . . . As for the results we counted on, they were missing: the students’ heads were full of fascinating information; they clearly distinguish the shortcomings and merits of someone else’s acting. Personally, however, they, could, alas, do very little . . . This is considering that there were no ungifted people among them.

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